These super easy homemade pumpkin treats are another fur-baby approved treat. My little fur-babies act like they are always starving, but they just don’t care for store-bought dog treats. They will eventually eat them, but they are not happy about it. But when they see their treat jar now, they get so excited and I have their full attention. Something which is often difficult to do with Beagles.
It only takes a few minutes to stir together the ingredients, plus a few more to cut them out. A rolling pizza cutter makes short work of cutting them out. In less than hour and less than the cost of a box of store bought treats, you can give them healthy treats.
Your furry 4-legged children will love you!
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Healthy Dog Treat Ingredients
These have 4 simple ingredients to make healthy treats:
- Pumpkin is a good source of nutrients and fiber. This is also the perfect time of year to either freeze a bunch of pumpkin packs or catch canned pumpkin on sale.
- Peanut butter is a good source of folic acid and magnesium. Be sure to check that it does not contain XYLITOL (a sugar substitute), which can be toxic to animals.
- Eggs are high in protein and contain essential amino acids and fatty acids.
- Whole wheat flour has more nutrients than white flour, but if I am out of whole wheat flour or running low, I will use all regular flour, or half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour.
Cranberries are an optional ingredient if your fur-baby has issues with urinary tract or bladder infections, add cranberries to the treats. They are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, plus high in fiber. Cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins, which helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. It’s best to use fresh cranberries, as dried cranberries probably have extra sugar. You can stock up on them at this time of year too, and toss the bags in the freezer. They will last about 10 months.
Another optional addition is nutritional yeast (a wonderful source of B vitamins trace minerals and antioxidants)
Although I used my pizza cutter for these treats, now that I know I will be making them on a regular basis, I ordered this Dog Cookie Cutter Set that has Dog, Dog Bone and Dog Paw Print cookie cutters in assorted sizes for the next time.
Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Optional: 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh cranberries
- Optional: 2 – 3 teaspoons nutritional yeast
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Prepare a baking sheet: either lightly spray with a cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, peanut butter and eggs. (Plus the finely chopped cranberries and/or nutritional yeast if desired) Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Gradually add flour to pumpkin mixture and stir until completely combined (dough will be thick and dry).
- Roll out half of the dough on a lightly floured surface 1/4″ thickness.
- Cut out shapes of dough and then place cookies on the prepared cookie sheet, spaced about 1/2″ apart.
- Repeat with the other half of dough. I ended up using two baking sheets.
- Bake the pumpkin dog treats at 375°F for 20 – 25 minutes. If your dog treats are larger, back for 30 – 35 minutes.
- Cool completely, and then place in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freezer for a couple of months.